Choosing Change (Facing Trauma)

Our scars remind us how we got here, but they should not dictate where we go next. Whether internally, externally, or some combination of both, trauma alters us. It changes our shape. It changes the way we move, the way we perceive ourselves and the world, and it changes the way we relate to others….

With Or Without Us (On Shared Ideas)

Discouragement may be motivation enough to do great work, but it still hurts. Sharing is an inherently vulnerable act. It opens us up to criticism, disappointment, and discouragement. When we are passionate about an idea, a project, or a goal and we share our excitement with someone else, what are are telling that person is…

The Impermanence Of Failure

The only reason we do not act more hastily on our dreams is because we are more afraid of failure than we are of our time running out. If we take action in the direction of our dreams, whether they be big or small, failure is certainly a possibility. In fact, on our way to…

Who (Not What) We Want To Be

At some point, we must decide who, not necessarily what, we want to be. It is quite common to ask children what they want to be when they grow up, but perhaps this is the wrong way to think about life. While our occupations obviously have a powerful affect on the direction that our lives…

Increment Progress Over Misguided Momentum (Kaizen)

As important as momentum is to progress, momentum in the wrong direction or in too many directions at once is counterproductive. We need to break free from the things that are holding us back, whether these are fear, procrastination, distraction, or some other form of internal or external resistance, and get moving in the direction…